Last weekend during an emotional interview with Rabbi Shmuley, Roseanne Barr admitted how she lost everything and regrets her racist comments.
For those who don’t know, Barr’s hit series was rebooted and set to make a comeback until a series of racist tweets against former President Obama’s top aide, Valerie Jarrett, was made. In a tweet that is now deleted, Barr wrote: “Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj,” which was in reference to Jarrett. Though Barr initially said she was joking, she soon deleted the tweet and wrote an apology to Jarrett and all Americans.
ABC caught wind of the incident and quickly cancelled the reboot.
In a transcript of Barr’s interview with Shmuley, she said, “Of course, no I don’t excuse it. I horribly regret it. Are you kidding? I lost everything, and I regretted it before I lost everything. And I said to God, ‘I am willing to accept whatever consequences this brings because I know I’ve done wrong. I’m going to accept what the consequences are,’ and I do, and I have. But they don’t ever stop. They don’t accept my apology, or explanation. And I’ve made myself a hate magnet. And as a Jew, it’s just horrible. It’s horrible.” She then broke down crying.
She added that she never thought Jarrett was a black woman. “I know it’s a form of racism to assume every person who looks white is white. But it’s a mistake that a lot of people make. People make that mistake about me all the time. They don’t know I’m a Jew. […] It was an insensitive thing for me, but it’s the reason, and I’m just gonna’ own my reason. I can’t let anyone else say I did it because I’m a racist, because I didn’t.”
She also said that people have said she compared Jarrett and black people to monkeys, but she tried to clarify that that wasn’t what she said. “Here’s what I said. I know the history of the world, and racism and how it affects people. I’m not ignorant. But I’m stupid sometimes. […] I’ve always worked with black women. I’ve done that since the sixties. And you know it still creeps in. I am so sorry and humiliated and you know, angry at myself. But in my heart I just made a stupid error.”
At the time of the tweet, some people involved with the show, including Sara Gilbert and Wanda Sykes, respectfully said that Barr doesn’t speak for everyone in the cast and they would no longer be returning.
Even though Roseanne was cancelled, a spin-off called The Connors was given the green light and will be airing in the fall with 10 episodes already on the way. Original cast members such as John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Lecy Goranson, and Michael Fishman will be returning. According to Today, the cast collectively released a statement saying, “We have received a tremendous amount of support from fans of our show, and it’s clear that these characters not only have a place in our hearts, but in the hearts and homes of our audience. We all came back last season because we wanted to tell stories about the challenges facing a working-class family today. We are so happy to have the opportunity to return with the cast and crew to continue to share those stories through love and laughter.”